The Russian Navy’s state-of-the-art frigates Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Kasatonov have got the new non-lethal dazzler-type weapon, the 5P-42 Filin (eagle-owl), can make enemy soldiers miss targets by blinding them, causing hallucinations and making them want to vomit, the manufacturer’s press service told RIA Novosti.
According to the report, the system causes a strobe-like effect that disrupts eyesight, seriously hampering the soldier’s ability to aim at night.
The developed weapon is reportedly capable of “effectively suppressing” night vision tech, laser distance sensors and pointing systems for anti-tank missiles from a range of up to 5km.
Tests included volunteers using assault rifles, sniper rifles, and machine guns to shoot targets placed up to 2km away and protected by the weapon. Ruselectronics’ rpess service said that all of them faced problems with aiming because they “couldn’t see the target.” 45% of the involved volunteers reported felt dizzy, nauseous, and disoriented.